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PTSA

What We Do

 


 

 

Enrichment

AFTERSCHOOL CLUBS
Each year the PTSA arranges for 15-25 clubs to be offered after school at DW and FE Bellows.  Clubs run for 8 weeks beginning in October at Bellows and in January at DW.  Clubs classes include coding, edible art, mad science, sports, dance and TV production.  Look for the schedule which details the clubs, dates and rooms to be backpacked home.
 
AUTHOR VISITS

Presentations and/or workshops with well known authors and illustrators are arranged at DW, Bellows and MS.  The PTSA coordinates the selection and effort with school librarians.
  
CULTURAL ARTS/STEM
The Cultural Arts Committee works closely with the Principals at DW and Bellows and a staff liaison at the MS and HS to find academic enrichment opportunities specific to each grade level aligning with the curriculum. In the past programs have included hands on science workshops, educational speakers, dance classes and cultural music performances. 
 
ORGANIZE YOUR SIXTH GRADER 
Workshop held each September during the eventing. Students learn how to organize their binders, lockers and navigate middle school.

STEPS TO SUCCESS 
A year long after school program for sixth graders designed to assist students learn to navigate teacher pages, plan homework time for upcoming tests and projects and receive help with current homework.

 

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Parent & Student Services

AFTER SCHOOL PLAYDATE/COSTUME EXCHANGE  
Several one hour after school playground play dates at Daniel Warren are arranged each school year.  The fall playdate coordinates with the Halloween costume exchange.

BOOK FAIR   
The PTSA coordinates book fairs at DW, Bellows and the MS.  Book Fairs will be held in the fall and spring at DW and Bellows and in the spring only for the MS.  Every effort is made to make the summer reading selections available at the Spring Book Fairs.    

BOOK FAIR EVENING EVENT   
A family evening event is planned during the Book Fair at DW.   In the past, kids have worn their pajamas and participate in fun activities and story time.

ENVIRONMENT/RECYCLING   
Educate students on recycling and environmental issues at DW and Bellows.  Promote “green” efforts at all schools and assist in preparing for Earth Week celebrations.

FIFTH GRADE AFFAIRS  
Design and handle the production of the 5th Grade Yearbook.  Also responsible for organizing year end activities and celebrations.  

MIDDLE SCHOOL AFFAIRS  
Organize and run age-appropriate events for Middle School students including the Middle School Halloween Spooktacular in October and the Middle School Activity Night in January, in conjunction with the Rye YMCA.

NEWCOMERS NIGHT OUT  
Social event for parents held in a local restaurant welcoming new (and old) families to the district each fall. The PTSA provides light appetizers.  

PANTHER PRESS
“Publish” personalized books written and illustrated by our elementary school children. Books are typed, bound in hardcover, covered with donated fabrics so that they can always be treasured.  
   
PHOTOS
Arrange school photos at DW, Bellows and MS.  Also, considered a fund raiser.  

PUBLICITY  
Photograph PTSA scheduled events. Committee prepares press releases and picture submissions that are sent to local newspapers and the RN’s web site and school monitors.    

SENIOR SEND-OFF   
The PTSA helps to coordinate the Senior Send-off luncheon. The event is traditionally held at Rye Beach Park where students receive and sign their yearbooks.    

SIXTH GRADE AFFAIRS  
Assist teaching staff in coordinating special activities and celebrations for the 6th grade students, including the Big Brother/Big Sister Day, Ancient Civilization Thanksgiving Feast, Middle School Halloween Spooktacular, Pi Day and Finals Breakfast.
 
SCHOOL SUPPLIES 
Complete school supply kits are offered for purchase at Daniel Warren and Bellows.  Forms are distributed in the Spring for the following school year. 

STUDENT DIRECTORY   
A district wide directory includes contact information for all families. Electronic copies are provided to all PTSA members and hard copies are available for a fee when you register with the PTSA for the school year.     

VOTER PARTICIPATION  
Increase voter participation for the annual school budget.

 

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School & Community Programs

BECAUSE WE CARE   
Committee organizes events: network meetings, community events, parent workshops and student led activities.  Topics are chosen to meet the current needs of the membership. In the past topics have included bullying, teenage depression, hosting teenage parties.  Most meetings/events are in the evening.

CIRCUS ARTS PROGRAM  
PTSA supports a week long circus program for the fourth grade, which culminates with a Circus Performance for parents held in the HS Gymnasium.  

CULTURAL LIAISON COMMITTEE   
Help bridge language and cultural gaps and celebrate diversity within our school community. Volunteers are needed to a) be part of a “new family” welcoming committee and b) act as collaborators with administration and teachers for cultural awareness.

GARGEN CLUB
The Daniel Warren Peace Garden is located on the school playground.  The goal of this school-wide initiative is for all DW students to experience a part of the gardening process – digging, planting, cultivating, harvesting – while learning about plant life, biodiversity, natural pest control and more.  Volunteers are always welcome – no experience or green thumb required!  Get involved by working on daily maintenance, prepping and putting the garden to bed during the lunch/recess hour.  Please contact the DW VP for more information.  

HEALTH & WELLNESS COMMITTEE  
Work on events that promote healthy eating choices and physical fitness at DW, Bellows and MS/HS.  

HEARD IN RYE  
A speaker series for parents sponsored by the Community Speakers Bureaus Members (a consortium of local school districts and community groups).  Topics range from parenting issues, social media to addiction.  

HS SCHOOL SPIRIT  
Promote school spirit in the High School by creating fun events for the students to come together. Events take place leading up to Homecoming Weekend and year end.

RYE NECK CARES   
A Community Outreach Committee for Rye Neckers that may be in the midst of a personal or medical crisis. The committee coordinates the preparation and delivery of  meals, help with transportation, pick up and drop off of children.

RYE YMCA RECESS PROGRAM
Coaching staff coordinates games and activities during recess at DW and Bellows.  

SPECIAL EDUCATION ACTION COMMITTEE  
Act as a liaison to the SEAC standing committee, bring special needs issues to meetings and serve as a resource for parents of special needs students.  

SPRING FAIR
The largest and most popular event of the year is held on a Saturday in April. While it is a fundraiser, it is also tons of fun for the whole family with rides,  game booths, live music and fresh food.  The fair is run by the PTSA, but it also provides an opportunity for the Booster Club, Gold Card Club, the Rye Neck Teachers’ Association, and many MS and HS student groups to run booths and raise money for their own activities. 

  

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Fundraising

    Balloon Fundraiser
    This is the main fundraiser for the PTSA.  It provides nearly 50% of the funds needed for support our annual programming.  The fundraiser takes place from the beginning of the school year in September and ends just prior to homecoming weekend.  All donors have balloons tied to their homes to show appreciation for their donations.  

    Spring Fair
    Community Event for the whole family which take places on a Saturday in early-mid April at the MS/HS campus.  Families are invited to enjoy rides, fresh food, live music, games and prizes.  It's a great day to spend time with old friends, make new ones, meet your neighbors and generally have a great time.

    Book Fairs
    Book Fairs take place twice a year at both Daniel Warren and Bellows and in June at the MS/HS.

    Box Tops
    The PTSA collects Boxs Tops at all the schools.  Each school has a collection box.  At Daniel Warren & Bellows several contests take place throughout the year on either an individual or class basis.  For each box top submitted the PTSA earns 10 cents.    
     
    Class Pictures
    The PTSA organizes individual and class photos at Daniel Warren & Bellows as well as individual photos at the MS.
     
    Parent Social Events
    In addition to Newcomers Night, where the PTSA invites all new parents of the district out for a meet and greet, there are other parties that take place throughout the year hosted/organized by Rye Neck Parents.   Past events have included a Ladies Night Out, Guys Night Out and Couples Party.

     

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    Advocacy

     


    The Big Picture
    The Advocacy Committee is working to establish more local control over our schools.  NY State contributes only a small percentage of our per-pupil budget, yet requires we implement costly programs at our own expense.

    Current Issues
    The Governor released his proposed budget for New York State in January.  It is not good for Rye Neck.  Once again, Cuomo has denied us proper State support.  We are asking for teachers' healthcare costs to be exempt from the property tax levy cap and for public schools to be afforded the same mandate relief as non-public schools.  We are also asking for GEA (Gap Elimination Adjustment) to be restored in full.  These measures won't solve all of our fiscal problems, but they will help Rye Neck and other New York public schools.

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